Misty M. Sanford Bio
Misty M. Sanford
Misty M. Sanford is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Her sophisticated and broad-based real estate and land use transactional practice involves all aspects of real estate, with an emphasis on purchase and sale, finance (representing borrowers in development, construction and permanent loans for all asset types), portfolio investments, leasing and environmental issues.
Ms. Sanford is deeply committed to her pro bono real estate and land use transactional practice, where she assists nonprofits in acquiring, leasing, developing and preserving land. Her clients include park development, community development and affordable housing organizations such as the Downtown Women’s Center, T.R.U.S.T. South LA and the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation. In 2010, she represented the Charles Drew University of Science and Medicine in its bond financing workout and the restructuring of its board of directors. She also represents high profile non-profit organizations such as the Liberty Hill Foundation, Heal the Bay and Homeboy Industries in lease negotiations.
In addition to her role on the City of Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commission, Ms. Sanford serves on the board of trustees of her alma mater Whittier College, one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. In that capacity, she reviews all major institutional policies including academic programs and financial assets for the college.
She is a founder and former chair of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a nonprofit that converts blighted parcels of land into neighborhood parks, gardens and community centers. Its mission is that “every child should be able to walk to a park.” Ms. Sanford also serves on the executive committee of the Central City Association and the executive committee of the Real Estate Section of the Los Angeles County Bar, and previously served as president of the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Commission.
Ms. Sanford is a strong believer in diversifying the legal profession. She is founder and treasurer of FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR, INC., a nonprofit dedicated to empowering students of color to attend law school and become attorneys. In addition, Ms. Sanford co-chairs the Munger Tolles Law Fellows Program, a unique program which assists students of diverse backgrounds who have recently graduated from college and plan to attend law school.
Ms. Sanford graduated from UCLA School of Law, where she completed the program in Public Interest Law and Policy, chaired the Public Interest Law Foundation and was a Hagman Land Use and Planning Scholar. Ms. Sanford joined Munger Tolles in 2005 after completing a term as a judicial extern for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before attending law school, Ms. Sanford worked for three years on urban environmental policy matters at the Environmental Defense Fund.